Three Empirical Essays on Environmental Economics

Three Empirical Essays on Environmental Economics

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This dissertation covers three different topics in environmental economics. The first essay examines the incentives that influence a household's recycling behavior. The essay provides a comprehensive review of the household recycling literature, and pulls together a diverse literature to develop a model that allows for empirical tests of both moral and monetary motivations of recycling. Data consists of information gathered from over 4000 households in 40 different U.S. cities. Several probit models are employed for model estimation. Empirical tests indicate that moral motivations are more important than monetary motivations in influencing recycling behavior.The three types of air pollutants chemical and electric utilities industries emit can cause serious health issues. Short-term exposure to ammonia can cause a range of problems from irritation of the respiratory tract and eyes, to death if theanbsp;...

Title:Three Empirical Essays on Environmental Economics
Author: Yuexia Zhu
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007

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